Stretch marks happen when your body grows faster than your skin can keep up with. This causes the elastic fibres just under the surface of the skin to break, resulting in stretch marks. If you have them, you’re in good company. About 90% of women will get them sometime after their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
If your mother had stretch marks, then you’re more likely to have them too, since genetics plays a role. If you have a lighter complexion, you will tend to develop pinkish stretch marks. Darker-skinned women tend to get stretch marks that are lighter than their skin tone.
What is the treatment for stretch marks?
Treating stretch marks has always been a very difficult task. DermCosmesis believes a combination approach will produce the best results. It is best to treat the marks as quickly as possible after they appear. We offer the Q switch laser treatments which show significant improvement in the appearance and texture of mature marks after a number of treatments were performed. The Q switch Laser works by increasing the number of collagen and elastin fibres.
Another option is injection of PRP growth factors under the skin, stimulating the stem cells which induces collagen formation, thereby tightening the skin. This can be complemented by skin needling stimulating new tissue formation through the use of micro-fine needles on areas of skin with stretch marks. Microscopic holes are made into the dermis, which stimulates the production of new collagen and new cell growth.